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A Glorious Time

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I realize the posts have been few and far between in the last few weeks, so I believe an explanation is in order. Luckily I was given two weeks off over the holidays, and I have been taking full advantage, hanging out with friends and family, skiing and riding my bike. It has been a pleasure doing it all, and the writing and posting has definitely taken a back seat. Regular posting will resume, but I still have five more days of vacation, so hang tight. In the meantime, following are links to some favorite products I’ve been playing around with the last month or so. The Calfee pictured above is at the top of the list.

Calfee Dragonfly Adventure
Shimano Sport Camera
Chris King Alloy Ride Disc Wheels
Assos Tiburu Bib Shorts
Lake Cycling CX402 Shoes
Lezyne Road Caddy
Simpson Velorig VR1
House Industries Bidon

More to follow on all these, but in the meantime I am going riding. Thank you all for keeping an eye on Velospeak, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Rapha Festive 500

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Last year I signed up for the Rapha Festive 500 and failed miserably. Life took over, and holiday obligations took more time than I had anticipated. This year I have signed up once again in hopes of reaching the goal of 500 kilometers between the 24th and 31st of December. Not sure I’ll make it, but it will sure be fun trying. Sign up here to join the fun.

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Porsche 911 “68R” & #277

Screen Shot 2014-12-18 at 10.41.00 AMScreen Shot 2014-12-18 at 10.40.24 AMI’ve known Magnus Walker for some time now, and I’ve always been impressed with his drive and ambition. From clothing to cars, this man has accomplished more than most would in several lifetimes. Earlier this year, I felt fortunate to be able to connect Magnus with the folks at TEDxUCLA. In his talk, Magnus recounted his story and the idea of living life with “go with your gut” as the primary motivator. The talk is worth watching, and the story fascinating. So, from clothing designer to Porsche designer to a TED talk, what more could this man aspire to? Well, pictured above are 1/43 scale models of two of Magnus’s most iconic cars. In my book, that’s a crowning achievement. The Schuco editions are available directly through their webshop with a substantial price attached. Even for a miniature Porsche by Magnus, you will have to pony up plenty of Euros, but they sure would look nice on a shelf.

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Danner Boots

Vista Street
Danner has been making boots for a long time, a very long time. Since the company’s founding in 1932 by Charles Danner, the tradition of those bygone days of bootmaking continues to thrive in Portland, Oregon. Danner also continues to handcraft a portion of its line in the USA, in Portland to be exact, and Danner has appropriately dubbed it the Stumptown Collection. A short time back I was invited to see the line at an event in downtown LA. It was the first time I was able to see a large selection of Danner boots and shoes all in one spot, and it was remarkable. I could have easily been happy with any I saw. In the end, I chose the boot you see above, the Vista Street. The construction is flawless. The solid Livetech outsole is lightweight while providing supreme support. The brogue detailing is office friendly and belies the fact that the boot is waterproof by way of a GORE-TEX® lining. The boot is built on the 971 last, making for a fit that accommodates wider feet such as mine. The moment I first put these on I appreciated the comfort the design provides. This boot is equally appropriate for going out to dinner or exploring a ghost town. Maybe a little explanation is needed there – when I received these boots, I was headed out on a road trip to the Eastern Sierra to explore Bodie, CA, a beautifully preserved ghost town. I climbed around the entire town in the Vista Street boots, and pulled off what many say not to do, which is to wear a new pair of shoes on a trip or adventure. Well, I did, and I never regretted it, not even once. The boots are good to go right out of the box. The breaking-in period is non-existent. So, am I a fan? Absolutely. Danner boots will be part of my wardrobe for years to come.

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Mission Workshop Sansom

Just received notice of a new release from Mission Workshop. The Sansom shirt is a water repellent button-up work shirt made from a rugged Schoeller Turkish stretch cotton with a NanoSphere® water repellent finish. Made in San Francisco, this is sure to be a top seller for Mission Workshop.

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